Topgun Crash Kills F/A-18 Pilot

Jet goes down in Nevada desert.

Nevada desert

The pilot of a Marine F/A-18 operating on a training flight with the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Nevada was killed when his airplane crashed in the desert about 70 miles from Naval Air Station Fallon on Saturday, the Navy said.

The single-seat F/A-18C was a Marine jet on loan to the Topgun training school, the Navy said. When crews arrived at the crash site in rugged terrain in the mountains several hours after the jet went down, they found it was a total loss, according to a military spokesman.

The Navy is investigating the crash.

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